EMD SW8 Series - Page 2

The EMD SW8 was introduced as a medium horsepower switcher built on the same frame as an SW7. It was purchased by Conrail predecessors Chicago River & Indiana (2 units, later NYC/PC), Erie Lackawanna (11 units), Lehigh Valley (27 units) and New York Central (28 units). Eighteen of the former LV units were built with dynamic braking, the only Conrail SW8's with this feature, although they were removed by Conrail. A few of Conrail's SW8's also received radiator cooling fans from retired EMD E8's, making an odd appearance to the long hood! Numbered in the 8600 to 8627 and 8664 to 8700 ranges, all of these units were retired by the early 1990's although many continue to see service on shortlines and industrials throughout the country.

CR 8689 South Amboy, NJ 7-10-1977

Former LV SW-8 275 (CR 8689) rests with one of the few GP9s with paper air box on the long hood outside the South Amboy diesel facility in July, 1977.

CR 8690 Binghamton, NY 9-4-1983

Former LV 276 is seen at Binghamton, NY on 9/4/1983. This unit would later be sold to the Reading and Northern and would become RBMN 801.

CR 8690 Elizabethport, NJ 7-10-1977

CR SW-8 8690, ex-LV 276, works the yard at Elizabethport, NJ in July, 1977.

CR 8691 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

CR SW-8 8691 (ex-EL 362) works Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 8691 Secaucus, NJ 3-1-1979

The crew of CR SW-8 8691 (ex-EL 362) discusses their next move as they work Croxton yard in March, 1979.

CR 8693 Elizabethport, NJ 8-17-1979

CR SW-8 8693 (ex-EL 364) works outside the Elizabethport locomotive shops in August, 1979.

CR 8693 Hornell, NY 8/1977

This little EL SW-8 364 spent the summer of 1977 as the Hornell switcher.

CR 8695 Bethlehem, PA 7-7-1979

CR SW-8 8695 (ex-EL 366) and SW-900 9017 (ex-EL 446) teamed up at the Bethlehem engine terminal in July, 1979.

CR 8696 Harrisburg, PA 4-12-1984

In the cramped spaces of a Harrisburg deadline in April, 1984, CR SW8 8696 (ex-EL 367) still shows her Erie Lackawanna lettering.

CR 8697 Binghamton, NY 11-25-1978

CR SW-8 8697 (ex-EL 368) works Binghamton yard in November, 1978.

CR 8697 Binghamton, NY 3/31/1979

An ex EL SW-8 at the engine house in Binghamton.

CR 8698 (SW8m) Enola, PA 5/87

CR 8698 (former EL 369, nee DLW 509) is third out on a train departing the west end of Enola yard, 5/22/87. It was later sold as RBMN 800.

CR 8698 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

CR SW8 8698, still numbered as EL 369, shuffles freight at Binghamton.

CR 8698 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

EL SW8 369, soon to be CR 8698, shuffles cars at Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8698 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

EL SW8 369, soon to be CR 8698, shuffles cars at Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8698 Binghamton, NY 4-21-1977

EL SW8 369, soon to be CR 8698, shuffles cars at Binghamton, NY in April, 1977.

CR 8698 Elizabethport, NJ 2/18/79

A Conrail SW8 at the former CNJ Elizabethport Shops in 1979. Behind it is an NJDOT E8, a PC U33C, and two more engines. Note the partial paint job on the 8698.

CR 8699 Binghamton, NY 2/12/1978

A view of the ex Erie yard in Binghamton. The engine house is the white building below the bridge in the distance. SW-8 8699 has no numbers in the number boards.

CR 9307, 9310 and 9419 Cross the Port Richmond Yard on the Belgrade St Connector in Philadelphia

Two former Baldwins (now re-engined with EMD guts to become SW8m's) and an SW1001 lead a transfer freight in Philadelphia. They are coming off of the former PRR/PC Trenton Street Elevated (which continued south) on the Belgrade Street Connection to the former Reading Port Richmond Yard. The Coral Street engine facility can be seen in the background.

CR 9311 On the former PRR connection at Kernsville PA

This photo is of the final train from Auburn on the former PRR at Port Clinton and Hamburg prior to the cutover of the new connection near Landingville to service the former PRR at Auburn.

CR 9311 On the former PRR in Port Clinton PA

On what's now a hiking trail above the Reading an Northern's home base, 9311 hauls the final train from Auburn on the former PRR at Port Clinton and Hamburg prior to the cutover of the new connection near Landingville to service the former PRR at Auburn.

CR 9590 Islen, NJ 3/80

SW1500's 9590 and 9591 along with SW8 8656 run lite west at Islen, NJ

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